RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – Local schools in Mad River have changed their mask policy to require face coverings for all students.
“We have been in session for 8 days and had to quarantine more than 200 students. That’s 200 students who will miss 10 days of school, ”said Jenny Alexander, public relations manager for Mad River Schools.
On Monday, all Mad River students began following an updated indoor face covering policy. At the start of the school year, masks were only required for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6. They are now mandatory for all students, staff and visitors.
School officials said the only way to ensure children stay in class five days a week was to require masks for all students. In an email to parents, school officials said:
“Student masking allows us to avoid having to quarantine students who are in close contact with someone who is HIV-positive with COVID. If they were not masked, they would have to be quarantined for ten (10) days unless vaccinated, and our student vaccination rate is so low the impact has been unbearable.
“I feel like it’s unfair for the kids to have to wear a mask when we have President Joe Biden on the golf course without a mask, and we have the Met Gala and none of the celebrities are wearing a mask. mask but our kids have it to wear a mask, ”said Katie Barnes, a parent from Riverside.
Another parent, Laura Sanders, said, “I’m pretty neutral with this. It doesn’t make a difference to me. My son is five years old and he’s doing pretty well. It doesn’t have any problems, but I notice a lot of kids have it, especially those with asthma.
The district said staff spend their entire days tracing contacts and making phone calls rather than educating students.
“As we try to find out who is sick and who has been around someone, it just takes that part of our job and it’s just too much. The more children who continue to get sick, the more we risk having to close school and that is not what parents want, ”said Alexander.